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#1116640 - 07/05/17 06:34 PM Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game
BrownEyedTigre Offline
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Check out the Official Website here.

For more info, check out the Kickstarter here.

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Description

Harold Halibut is a modern adventure game, with a strong focus on storytelling and exploration. Wander around an underwater community that has formed after 200 years of enclosed space travel. Somehow stuck between it’s launch date on earth of the 1970s and the witnessing of foreign planets and its inhabitants. Get a feel for the unusual circumstances by talking to others on board and fulfill your duties as a lab assistant and janitor. Take in the atmosphere and be a part of this utopia-turned-awry. Enable communication within a society that has long been fixated on (and eventually disillusioned with) being the last outpost of humanity. Your choice of engagement in conversation unfolds and affects the personality Harold quietly carries inside of him. Be prepared to make all the stuff around you bleep and bloop. Do be careful, though. If you break the wrong thing someone might hold a long-time grudge with you. Enjoy the stop-motion feeling in this world made entirely out of craft materials like wood, clay and metal.

History

The idea for the game came about in 2012, during a conversation among long-time friends Fabian Preuschoff, Daniel Beckmann and Onat Hekimoglu. The adventure games they used to play in the past and the possibilities digital games offer in terms of storytelling inspired them, to start thinking about a game concept. Their love to stop-motion films (together with their inability to draw or do 3D stuff) led to the decision of making a "handmade" videogame. They soon realized that they needed the support of an experienced artist, which they found in Ole Tillmann who just came back to germany after studiying illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and working for Disney. Onat's Master Thesis at the Cologne Game Lab in 2013 led to the first prototype of "Harold Halibut". This prototype, which used sprite based stop-motion animation and still backgrounds gave an impression of how the game would feel, and although it appeared very static, made clear that the team wanted to continue development. When further experimenting led to the present workflow which incorporates 3D scanning, the foundation was set. A funding by the "Film- und Medienstiftung NRW" a german government program that funds film and interactive digital media projects made it possible to found their studio "Slow Bros." and work on the game full time since 2015.


Happy Gaming!

Ana wave
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#1116660 - 07/05/17 09:55 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Interesting how it's being made.
The picture of the person shaping the tiny hand under "Classic Modelmaking"
on the ***Kickstarter page*** is kind of fascinating.

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#1116667 - 07/05/17 11:07 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: Jenny100]
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Thank you for the news, Ana. wave

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#1116679 - 07/06/17 07:04 AM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Wow! Thanks for the game info and link, Ana. The team looks very talented and dedicated and they have a very artistic, intricate, unique approach. I hope their Kickstarter succeeds, because I look forward to playing this game, however long it takes them to make it.
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#1116720 - 07/06/17 01:00 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: ergggo]
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thanks BrownEyedTigre thumbsup
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#1116814 - 07/07/17 06:56 AM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks Ana, very interesting. yes
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#1116952 - 07/08/17 10:54 AM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: GBC]
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I'm impressed with the team. Thanks for the links Ana.
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#1117021 - 07/08/17 11:13 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Check out The Dream Machine if you find the way it is made intriguing
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#1120014 - 08/05/17 11:37 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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That's to bad they didn't make the goal.
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#1120642 - 08/10/17 05:34 PM Re: Announcing Harold Halibut - A Handmade Adventure Game [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I'm sad they didn't get the funding they needed. The miniatures they created for the game are outstanding. I hope they'll still be able to complete the game.
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